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How necessary are Dental x-rays for children?

Dr. Paul Casamassimo, Professor in pediatric dentistry at Ohio State University, spoke with Dr. Chiraz Guessaier about the necessity of dental x-rays for children. Resources ADA – FDA: Dental Radiographic Examinations: Recommendations for Patient Selection and Limiting Radiation Exposure American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry: Guideline on Prescribing Dental Radiographs for Infants, Children, Adolescents, and Persons with Special Health Care Needs Highlights The ADA, AAPD and FDA have set guidelines based on a comprehensive algorithm for dental radiographs based on age, risk factors and type of X-rays. The reason for this is that any radiation an individual receives is accumulated over time as his/her “radiation burden”. Current beliefs ...

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What is the Anesthetic Efficacy of Mepivacaine and Lidocaine in Patients with Irreversible Pulpitis?

This summary is based on the article published in the Journal of Endodontics: Comparison of the Anesthetic Efficacy of Mepivacaine and Lidocaine in Patients with Irreversible Pulpitis: A Double-blind Randomized Clinical Trial (September 2016) Ana Maria Antonelli da Veiga, Amanda Carneiro Cunha, Daniele Masterson Tavares Pereira Ferreira, Tatiana Kelly da Silva Fidalgo, Thomaz Kauark Chianca, Kátia Rodrigues Reis, Lucianne Cople Maia Context  Pain sensation is difficult to define as it varies in patients based on their emotions, experiences and pain thresholds. Both mepivacaine and lidocaine, amide-based local anesthetics, are very common in dentistry due to their history of safety and efficacy in achieving regional ...

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Dr. Jack Cottrell’s Report on FDI’s Annual Congress

In this interview, Dr. Chiraz Guessaier speaks to Dr. Jack Cottrell who recently attended this year’s FDI meeting Poznan, Poland. Highlights FDI’s role is global advocacy with the World Health Organization, World Health Alliance and Non-Communicable Disease Alliance, which are powerful lobby groups in Geneva, Switzerland. As such, FDI is able to advocate for oral health and its relationship and role in one’s general health. The organization also formulates and develops policies related to oral health. This past congress developed, passed and raised consensus on a new definition of oral health and developed advocacy tools regarding sugar reduction, the Minamata ...

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Managing Primary Teeth with Failed Pulp Therapy

This case is presented by Dr. Gajanan Kulkarni, from the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Toronto.    

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Join a Free Live Webinar on Managing Patients with Enamel Defects

Topic Presentation When I was in full-time general practice, children represented a sizeable proportion of my patient base. One of the most challenging types of cases for me was the patient who presented with significant enamel defects on permanent first molar teeth, very much like the teeth in the images below.                   I will wager that many of you are regularly presented with cases such as these and you may wonder (depending on the nature and severity of the case), if you should watch and wait, place fissure sealants, restore the defects ...

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Digital versus conventional impressions for fixed prosthodontics: A systematic review and meta-analysis

This summary is based on the article published in The Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry: Digital versus conventional impressions for fixed prosthodontics: A systematic review and meta-analysis (August 2016) Context  In the fabrication of fixed multi- or single unit dental restorations, the accuracy of marginal and internal fit are integral to the long-term success of the crowns. Discrepancies in the internal fit can adversely affect the seating of the crown as well as the marginal fit. Typically, an impression captures the restorations’ margins and their internal aspects. Nowadays, impressions can be made using conventional impression materials such as polyether or polyvinyl siloxane or ...

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The European Invasion: Toronto’s Next Digital Dentistry Summit

Dr. Bobby Chagger spoke with Dr. Suham Alexander about the upcoming digital dentistry summit that will take place October 14 and 15, 2016 in Toronto.  Highlights Dr. Bobby Chagger spoke to Dr. Suham Alexander about an upcoming event in Mississauga, Ontario in mid-October: “European Invasion”. This inaugural conference will bring speakers from various countries in Europe as well as Canada and the United States together where digital technologies and dentistry will be the focus. Watch the video interview Dr. Bobby Chagger graduated from the University of Waterloo and obtained a DDS from the University of Toronto.  He is focused on enhancing ...

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Defining and Coping with Stress in the Dental Office

Illona McLay, high-team performance and dental business coach, spoke with Dr. Chiraz Guessaier about stress management in the dental office.  To contact Illona, please click here Link to Dr. Steve Peter’ book: The Chimp Paradox: The Mind Management Program to Help You Achieve Success, Confidence, and Happiness Highlights Dr. Illona McLay speaks to Dr. Chiraz Guessaier about her presentation at the Scottish Dental Conference titled, “Control Your Chimp, Check, Challenge, Change Your Behaviour to Reduce the Stress in Your Life”. Dental practitioners universally feel stressed about running their dental businesses. As an example, in Britain, dentists balance running their private practice ...

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